History:

The Flagler County Synchro Belles Team was started in 2000 by Isabella Vasconcellos, a group of swimmers and their parents.  Initially the team was structured as a "class" under the Flagler County Adult Education Program.  The club was formed and named after the Facility, the Southern Belles, headcoach's name and for the Latin translation of Belles to mean "beautiful".  Coach Isabella is a former competitive speed swimmer that also has synchronized swimming experience from Brazil.  She has won numerous events in her career.  She brings her years of experience to this team and has utilized her talents to establish a nationally ranked competitive team. Here are some of the Belles accomplishments:

- In 2005, Kayla Groth and Carolyne Vasconcellos qualified the first Belles routine to Age Group Nationals in Buffalo, NY. They finished in 19th place.

- In 2006, the Synchro Belles won their first high point tittle at the Sunshine State Games in south Florida at the University of Miami. A huge accomplishment in a few short years of hard dedicated work!

-  In 2007, Isabella took the 11-12 Age Group Team to a 4th place win at the Age Group National competition held at Miami University, OH.  In August, the Flagler County Synchro Belles was established as a private, non-profit organization.

 - In 2008, the 11-12 trio routine took 3rd place at the Age Group National Competition held in Binghamton, NY and a total of 13 girls qualified and competed in eight routines at this national competition. Also in 2008, Isabella Vasconcellos received the "US Developmental Coach of the Year" award.

- In 2009, the 13-15 team placed 7th at Age Group Nationals and 5 of our swimmers were scouted and trained to become future National Team swimmers. The team attended the US National Senior Championship for the first time with solo event.

- In 2010, all Age Group swimmers qualified their routines to compete at Age Group Nationals (11 all together) and 5 of them moved on to finals. The 11-12 swimmers had an exceptional performance, 13-15 trio placed 6th, 16-17 solo ended in 8th and the 16-17 wrapped up the season with a bronze medal in team event. The Belles has defended the State Champion tittle for the past 5 years and competed at Jr Nationals for the first time.

- In 2011, the Belles won its first gold medal at Age Group Nationals. Carrie Hartnett, Carolyne Vasconcellos and Emily Petkovsek swim a trio routine to Basshead climbed the top position on the podium. The Belles also won the high point overall award at Sunshine State Games. We had our first 2 senior swimmers graduating from FPC and are now swimming for Ohio State and the University of Florida.

- 2012 was also another outstanding year. The Belles qualified several routines to Age Group Nationals. The team won 3 events in the 18-19 category and made finals in 2 events in age group 11-12 and 1 event in age group 16-17.

first places:

18-19 figures - Carolyne Vasconcellos

18-19 Solo - Carolyne Vasconcellos

18-19 Trio - Carolyne Vasconcellos, Carrie Hartnett and Emily Petkovsek

The Belles also won the high point overall award at Sunshine State Games. We had 1 senior swimmer graduating from FPC and is now swimming for the University of the Incarate Word.

 

Mission Statement:    

The Synchro Belles strive to compete locally, regionally and nationally.  The goal of the team is to promote the health and growth of its athletes through participation in team training and competition.  Each member is expected to learn and improve several skills including swim techniques, teamwork, responsibility, and sportsmanship in an environment of dedicated effort and fun.